Independent schools are a mainstay in New England. Over 200 have joined together under the auspices of AISNE—the Association of Independent Schools in New England. On its website, AISNE describes its vision of building a stronger, more inclusive, and more collaborative community of independent schools by providing pertinent information, resources, and strategies. Mark recently began his three-year term as president and just this week chaired his first AISNE board meeting.
"I am honored to be the incoming President of AISNE and to work with Claire Leheny, Executive Director, and my fellow colleagues on the Board of Trustees. At our Board meeting last week, we learned more about Claire’s and her team's work to strengthen membership services. AISNE has been a leader in equity and inclusion work as well as in supporting educational leaders in the changing landscape of independent schools.”
Mark’s appointment to this important role testifies to the respect his vision and leadership have earned from his colleagues. “I am proud to partner with Claire as AISNE offers robust professional development opportunities, supports schools with marketing and recruitment strategies, advocates for independent schools at the state and national levels, and ensures a thoughtful accreditation process for schools."
Claire reflected, "The organization and our member schools are lucky to have Mark at the helm. He brings vision, energy, and creativity to the work of the AISNE board leadership.”
NOTE: Shady Hill is in the process of renewing its AISNE accreditation—a yearlong institution-wide reflection and self-study that occurs every ten years.